Professor Ryan's research focuses on American institutions, especially Congress, the president, state legislatures and executives, as well as electoral institutions. He is broadly interested in the policy process, legislative productivity, and agenda formation in legislatures, and how institutions structure representation and elite behavior. His research has been published in The Journal of Politics, Legislative Studies Quarterly, and Political Science Research and Methods among other outlets. He is also the author of the book, The Congressional Endgame from the University of Chicago Press. At Utah State, Professor Ryan enjoys teaching courses on American politics and research methods. In his courses, he seeks to emphasize how social science can help us understand fundamental questions about the American political system.